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people. that hour, we're told gadhafi's compound is surrounded by rebel troops. his actual where abouts are unknown as are the locations of his sons. libyan opposition said earlier today it had at least two sons in custody including his heir aprent who was reportedly arrested while trying to flee tripoli disguised as a woman. but just hours he showed up at a hotel in tripoli occupied by journalists. he told the bbc that his father is alive and well. and another son reportedly escaped house arrest and a fourth son was reportedly killed but none of that is confirmed. msnbc will keep bringing you the very latest on this volatile and undecided situation in right n. good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" tonight from new york. at this hour, gadhafi son the run. rebels have seized the government and freedom is on the march in libya. the united states and nato are on the brink, on the brink of a
historic win against an evil dictator and republicans just can't give the president of the united states any credit. this is "the ed show," let's get to work. >> the future of libya is in the hands of its people. >> the obama foreign policy in libya, a success. we did it without boots on the ground. but republicans are still not satisfied. we'll remind you what they said then and tell what you they are saying now. after months of defending tax cuts for the rich, the republicans have opposed the president's tax cut. they were for it. now he's for it. so they must be against it. claiming it will hurt the economy. oh! now i get it. >> i wouldn't necessarily trust any of my opponents right now. >> presidential hope full john huntsman says what we've been saying for years, the republican party has been captured about it radical right. bush's brain co-author jim moore
is here. and in psycho talk tonight, the donald is going on about one of his favorite subjects. >> what do we get out of it and why don't we take the oil? >> good to you have with us tonight, folks. thanks for joining us. as libyan rebels celebrated freedom in tripoli's green square, president obama spoke about what made it all possible. praising the nato and the arab world for standing together, unfortunately republicans. they still don't get that concept, do they? some of the same people who got us in the war in iraq which we're still fighting are criticizing the president for his handling of a six-month mission that has actually succeeded. here's the story tonight. for the last 24 hours, the streets of tripoli have been filled with thousands of people celebrating the end of gadhafi's 42-year reign of terror. a reign of terror that took american lives. at the same time, republican senators john mccain and lindsey
gr graham are monday morning quarterbacking the way that president obama handled the revolution. the senators, they got together and released this statement today. "americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat gadhafi. but we regret this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the united states to employ the full weight of our airpower." mccain and graham basically are upset we didn't risk more of our bravest pilots and spend billions more of american dollars to get gadhafi. these senators supported failed strategies that cost us trillions of dollars in afghanistan and iraq. in six short months, president obama's strategy has united -- has the united states and nato basically on the brink of a big foreign policy success with no loss of life. and, yet, it doesn't satisfy these two senators for their quest for unlimited war? rick perry, he got into it
today. he pumped out a statement, crumbling of gadhafi's reign of viole violent, repressive dictatorship with the history of terrorism is cause for cautious celebration? you mean you kind of tlik have him back in power? perry didn't mention the united states once in his statement and neither did michelle bachmann. she said i oppose u.s. military vost in libya and i'm hoping ef that our intervention will end. and rick santorum took a dig at president obama. ridding the world of the likes of gadhafi is a good thing but this indecisive president had very little to do this w. thwit trium triumph. president obama is head and shoulders above his political competition when it comes to his foreign policy. the president made this statement from martha's vineyard. >> this much is clear -- gadhafi regime is coming to an end. the future of libya is in the
hands of its people. nato has once more proven that it is the most capable alliance in the world. and that its strength comes from both its firepower and the power of our democratic ideals. and the arab members of our coalition have stepped up and shown what can be achieved when we act together as equal partners. >> what if the president came out and said, you know, if they did it my way in iraq, we would be done a long time ago. he's not that kind of guy. president obama, as we all know, has taken a lot of heat for taking a vacation in the middle of three wars, an economic issue and crisis in this country that we're all dealing with, although the president has been getting briefed on developments and actually -- he actually paid attention to the intelligence. the last president didn't pay close enough attention to an august 6th, 2001 presidential daily briefing that said bin laden was determined to attack in the united states. remember those days? president bush was known to comment on the war on terror
during his vacation but his results were never really up positive par. >> i call upon all nations to stop these terrorist killers. thank you. now watch this drive. >> any difference in demeanor or seriousness? president obama is more effective decision maker than bush ever was. the president's decisions have led to the death of the world's number one terrorist and the toppling of a major state sponsor of terror. republicans still will never give him any credit whatsoever. they've been second guessing the president on libya all along. >> the strategies confusing to the american people only 21% believe president obama has a clear view of how to handle libya. it's demoralizing to our allies, particularly people on the ground that we're trying to help. and i think it's encouraging to our enemies. so this strategy is going to
lead to a stalemate. >> strategy to a stalemate z that mean that gadhafi was going to stay in power or be forced from power? senator graham, how about a little clarification on that one? nobody has criticized president obama on foreign policy like dick cheney, shooter. he's been wrong on the war on terror more than anybody in america. when chris wallace asked cheney what he would do about gadhafi, well, he misfired big time. >> it's not enough to simply sit on the sidelines and say get rid of gadhafi. what are you going do about it? you are prepared to use the resources of the united states to make that happen? and it's been -- it looks as though what the policy of the administration has been is to hope for gadhafi's departure but not be prepared to do enough to make sure it hatches. >> don't you love how we save all this stuff? president obama was more than up to the task. but republicans, they just can't give him any credit at all. now so let's just imagine for a
moment that president bush would have delivered the death of osama bin laden and end end gadhafi's reign of terror. i don't think we would have ever heard the end of it. this is freedom on the march. gadhafi was a bad guy. and this is the end of an evil-doer. and i think that president bush and the conservatives would have jumped in frontst cameras and said, we smoked out a tyrant. i mean -- you can bet we would have seen another mission accomplished banner. you know, do you remember the days when some questioned and criticized the war after the capture of saddam hussein. i remember the howard dean story. he came out anded ed isaid he sure this made the country safer. he was accused of criticizing the troops of being unpatriotic
and endangering our troops in the field. i remember the rhetoric. dean wasn't the only one. congressional members took heat. media people were labelled as anti-american. but you see, before all that, politics stopped at the water's edge. and now that president obama has two, what i would say very solid foreign policy successes, it appears the republicans only wrap themselves in the flag if the president is from the republican side and the resident of 1600 pennsylvania avenue. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think are. are the republicans playing politics with libya? text a for yes and b for no. can you always go to our blog. we'll bring you the results rate later in the show. joining me is a nationally syndicated radio host z any republican have the character to admit that president obama had the correct policy in libya as
this unfolds? >> ed, they can't. ever since 9/11, 3,000 americans were murdered in terrorist act on their watch. republican president, republican congress. they've lost the high ground on being able to say that they're the party of national security, they're the party that can deal with national conflict questions. and because of that, we see them confused. we see them almost irrational in their criticism about obama. the same thing we saw when obama killed bin laden. or in this situation, right now he was right about gadhafi. he was right about libya. and that's killing them. because the contrast, ed, is they were confused. they were disoriented on what to do about libya. you remember one day they were saying one thing, the next day it was another. they were confused about what to do with the most violent terrorist in the world who was responsible for lockerbie. let me point this out. ronald reagan was the president during the lockerbie incident
and george bush sr., if you recall, he's the guy that gave gadhafi a free pass on those murders when george bush sr. came into office. every single one of the serious republican candidates, if can you call them serious republican candidates, have been wining like schoolchildren when obama didn't do what george bush did which was to lie his way into the scam. the weapons of mass destruction scam. instead, we had obama go to the united nations, build a real coalition, not a coalition with albania and latvia and uzbekistan as george bush did, a comic book coalition. this president delivered everything he said he was going to do. >> and back in april, sarah palin jumped all over the president at the particular time and she said this, "simply put, what are we doing there? you've put us in a strategic no-man's land." and, of course, rick perry is out there getting after it today as well, not giving any credit to the president whatsoever.
is it all about politics and the war on terror are they ever going to give credit to president obama for anything? is this just the way it's going to be? we're so politically divided that it used to stop at the water's edge. it doesn't anymore. >> ed, they can't. i mean that's the sad thing about it. this used to be the republican calling card of the republican party. we're the party that's going to keep you safe. we're the party that can make good decision onz national security. today those same loud mouth republican critics who were too afraid, they were too afraid, they were too indecisive to know what to do about libya, to know what to do about gadhafi. they should be apologizing. >> what do you make of senators mccain and gram? can't they recognize a u.s. victory whether they see one? >> you know what? they know this much. when they say those ridiculous things enough, you notice what they've done here ed. you won't even hear them equate
obama with this huge accomplishment in lib yachlt you won't hear fox news even use obama's name on anything positive. because that's partst of the agenda. they lost this card. now you'll see a move back to the economy. they no longer call themselves the party of national security. and it's killing them. that's why you have graham and that's why you have mccain out there saying the things like he didn't act fast enough. >> pike, great having with you us tonight. joining me now from minnesota, keith ellison. i think a lot of republicans out there this morning asking what is the next step for u.s. involvement in libya? is that clear in your opinion? >> well, yeah. i think it's clear. i think president obama has been clear all along. i've been proud to support this policy since the beginning. i think president obama's next move is to try to indicate to the libyan people that america has 200-year plus democracy, is
at the ready to try to assist in any way. there are going to be necessities, food, water. >> all right. what is the cost? it sounds like we're nation building. >> well, look, i think that it makes sense to do it through the international community. but the united states has to play a role. we have a responsibility as the most powerful military nation in the biggest economy in the worldment we can't just band on this thing. and the fact is that, you know, look, president obama from the very beginning, when he gave that speech in cairo. they have a choice in their own go. . since that great speech, a lot of things have changed in the middle east. i'm not saying it was because of it. but certainly he set a tone and i think at this time, you know, when this part of the world is moving forward, we got to be there to embrace that change and support those democratic impulses. >> back in march, michelle bachmann said the rebels could
be al qaeda. here it is. >> i have been very reluctant to see the united states go into lib yachlt we don't even know who the opposition is to gadhafi. we don't know if this is led by hamas, hezbollah or al qaeda of north africa. are we really better off? are united states -- are our interests better off if, let's say, al qaeda of north africa now runs libya? >> and we should point out that congresswoman michelle bachmann is on the intelligence committee. does she have any idea what the hell she is talking about? >> she has no idea what she's talking b she's just one of those people who reflexively attacks obama under any circumstances, never has anything good to say about him. and we should not hold our breath for that to happen. but the real issue is, look, you know, the transitional government in libya has been recognized by not only the united states but egypt and a whole multitude of countries
aren't world. these people are responsible. but they cannot do it alone. so international community needs to get aren't transitional national council and help them push libya into a strong state and to help get their economy going again. i think this is the right thing to do. >> all right. >> so i think libya will be a solid member of the international community and its people will for the first time in 42 years be able to make some decisions for themselves. >> i mean, it was ronald reagan who ordered the bombing to go after gadhafi. in fact, at the time the french would not allow american jets to fly through their airspace. >> yes, truth. >> and how the tables have turned now. mccain was around back then. but now, of course, now that we've got gadhafi and a new government son the way in, the conservatives are quiet. it speaks volumes. the divide goes way beyond our
border. >> i just wish they could put america first. america did a good thing. they helped the libyan people. >> that was campaign, country first. >> it should be everybody's. >> you bet. thanks for joining us tonight. >> remember to answer tonight's question there at the bottom of the screen. i want to know what you think. congressional republicans have finally found a tax increase they love. and it's a tax hike that only affects the middle class. later, there's a brand new attack dog against the republican presidential field. it isn't a democrat. it's a republican who is part of the republican presidential field. stay with us. the defense. hut! go! here it comes! right on the numbers! boom! get it! spin! oh, nice hands! chest bump. ugh! good job, man. nice! okay, halftime. now, this is my favorite play. oh! i'm wide open. oh, fumble. fumble. don't want to fumble any of these. [ male announcer ] share what you love, with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. it's up... and it's good!
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today paul ryan knocked down rumors that he might get into the presidential race. his statement reads in part, "i sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation while humbled by the encouragement, i have not changed my mind, and, therefore, i am not seeking our party's
nomination for president." glad we got that out of the way. maybe ryan thought his plan to end medicare as we know it would be just too much for the american people to swallow. one thing is for sure, ryan loves tax loopholes if it helps his political donors. the huffington post reports that ryan has pushed for various tax breaks over the years for companies that just happened to be some of his top contributors. but when the president of the united states suggests ending and extending a tax cut for the middle class, the republican party suddenly finds a tax cut they don't like. that's next. the presidential candidate no one cares about is talking about how the other republicans in the race are too extreme to be elected. and coming from a conservative this really says something. and the trumpster gives i had opinion on libya saying why don't we just take their oil? that is psycho talk tonight. stay with us. to power our lives.
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now republicans are saying that they will not approve an extension. so according to the gop, american workers should pay more taxes and the rich should pay less. in case you're wondering why republicans are willing to be blatantly hypocritical? well, here's the answer. there are things we can do now that means more jobs across the country. question cut payroll taxes again so families have an extra $1,000 to spend. >> this tax cut is one of the president's top priorities. it's a popular measure. among the middle class in this country and supporters of economic growth. so, of course, republicans, they're against it. and, remember, this is the same republican party in which every single candidate for president is against tax hikes even if it
meant ten time the amount of spending cuts. you can't get around it. let's bring in pulser prize winning journalist david k. johnson. he's the author of "free lunch: how the wealthiest americans enrich themselves at the government expense and stick with you the bill." and he's also a columnist for "reuters." great to you have with us to might mr. johnson. earlier this month, president obama said that failing to extend the payroll tax break and unemployment benefits could mean a million fewer jobs and .5% less growth. is that true in your opinion? was he accurate when he said that? >> well, it certainly can have negative economic consequences. and on top of that, let's keep in mind that deficits were running, the portion of them attributable to tax cuts for the very best off among us are also damaging our economic growth. >> has there ever been a more
clear cut position by the republicans that they favor the rich? >> no. and, ed, you know this is the third time in a year republicans have made it clear what their real view of the economy is. the rich do not have enough. and the way to get more for the rich is to take from those who have less. third time in a year. >> take us down that road. what's its difference between what wage earners will get from the tax breaks versus, you know, what the wealthy gets from the bush tax cuts? >> well, there is this fantasy argument made by republicans that only people who hire people are billion airs which is utter nonsense. a year ago we had congressman ryan over a year ago put forth his plan to save money on medicare. for every dollar you save in taxes, you spend $5 to $8 extra out of pocket. not a very smart plan in the sense of saving money overall. then in december, the republicans insisted on ending
president obama's making work pay tax credit which the white house said was the largest middle class tax cut ever. every working person in america who made under $20,000 or married couples under $40,000 got a tax increase this year as a result of that. they insisted on an adoption in payroll taxes and this is their idea that they promoted. now they want to take it away. that will effect the middle class and the upper middle class who are easily sacrificed because they are not the political donor class who are behind the republican plan. >> and, of course, virtually every republican has signed on to grover norquist's americans for tax reform pledge. >> well, i think based on grover's pledge, this isn't
furst time they've done it. remember back in 2006, the republicans and president bush raised taxes on teenagers who had jobs and were saving money so they could afford to go to college. i guess that's the fourth time the republicans have made it clear that tax cut for billion airs come first and ordinary people, well, you can pay higher taxes regardless of any pledge wez made to grover norquist. >> david k. johnson, thank you. >> verizon employees go back to work. will they get the protections they need? and fox and friends asked donald trum bp lp about libya. of course, he's an expert. [ female announcer ] feel the love!
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thanks for watching "the ed show" tonight. the largest labor strike in four years has come to an end and verizon workers are set to resume their shift tonight. we're talking about 45,000 members of the communication workers of america in the international brotherhood of electable workers. they went on strike a couple weeks ago. they said verizon showed an unwillingness to negotiate in good faith. union vice president bret shelton says the impact of the strike brought verizon back to the negotiating table. the solidarity of our strike with the public and the labor movement brought them back from
the table. i think that the fact that people understood this was a company that made $19 billion over the last four years and paid five people $258 million over the last four years and brought them back. i think that their corporate greed and us portraying it in the public brought them back. >> the fight isn't over. these -- for these working class americans. the major contract dispute with verizon has yet to be resolved. verizon still wants to freeze their pension, curb salary increases and take away company provided health care. the outcome of this dispute could set a new benchmark for labor negotiations in this country. we're in the midst of a national discussion about cuts, cuts, and more cuts. that's all the republicans know about. the communication workers of america, i think they need to hold the line on this one or risk putting more burdens on the middle class and setting a low bar for future deals. watch these negotiations.
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welcome back to "the ed show." lets's face it, folks, when people hear the name john huntsman, most people think john who? he's like that old "sports illustrated" faces in the crowd, you know? nobody really knows who he is. but he's finally landed himself some attention. because he's taken on the crazies in the republican field and further exposing his own party as more extreme than it's ever been before. his easiest target may be
congresswoman misch i will bachmann because of her crazy idea of bringing gas prices to under $2 if she becomes president. >> i just don't know what world that comment would come from. you know, we live in the real world. it's grounded in reality. and gas prices just aren't going to rebound like that. >> huntsman was asked about governor rick perry's comments on evolution and global warming. >> the minute that the republican party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. >> and whether he was asked if perry was unelectable, huntsman said. this. >> i think when you find yourself at an extreme end of the republican party, you make yourself unelectable. >> and what i really like is huntsman didn't let other republican contenders off the hook either. >> well, i wouldn't necessarily trust any of my opponents right now who are on a recent debate stage with me when every single one of them would have allowed
this country to to default. >> these criticisms are coming not from a liberal democrat but from a man who describes himself as a center right candidate. >> this is a center right country. i'm a center right candidate. right now we've got people on the fringes. >> well, i disagree on that point. this is not a center right country. they love to say that because of this goofy map they put up there. but you think people in america care about health care? it's a center left country with an extreme right-wing on the other side. let's bring in huffington post contributor jim moore. he is the author of the forthcoming book "awed yoes dio" i can't wait to read it. is john huntsman spot on or just desperate to get attention or both? what do you think? >> i think he's spot on, ed. nak in fact, he's doing the republican party a very big
favor. what he's doing is trying to see if there are any sane and sober people left in the nominating process of the republican party. his strategist is john weaver, another austin guy who is a very intelligent issues oriented guy. and honorable fellow in often dishonorable profession. i suspect they sat down and said let's not go over there and dance with them. let's try to appeal to intelligent people and have a discussion on the issue. >> do you think this is going to work? i mean huntsman is really hardly shown up to the game so far. i mean could this be a game changer for him? >> i think this is his only chance. he doesn't have a chance trying to outperry rick perry. he's not going to be more conservative or more radical than michelle bachmann. he can't go over there and talk about global warming and say
it's nonsense. he's got to say, look, we're destroying our party by taking these positions. let's have an intelligent and rational discussion on things that matter to this country. this country is not wrapped up in abortion debate. it's not wrapped up on trying to suggest that evolution is nonsense. there's some settled science around these things and this is an intelligent man acknowledging that. >> intelligent man, no question about it. has served his country and done it honorably and is well respected. you told us last week on this program and we got a lot of response on it that you thought that rick perry was a waltz to get the nomination. now let's say perry gets the nomination. how does a john huntsman come out who is respected in the republican party, how does he come out and say, yeah! rick perry is our guy? and he should be president with all these radical views? doesn't this really separate the republican party in more than a
few ways? >> i don't think -- i think you're completely correct in that this is going to split them down the middle. i real i didn't remember don't see john huntsman holding his nose and saying yee-haw rick perry, we're all the way to the white house. john huntsman cannot do that kind of thing. so if rick perry is, and i still believe that he's going to waltz to the nomination, when he becomes the nominee, he is going to have a very difficult time going back and getting the people in hisky?h party who app to john huntsman and to whom john huntsman appealed. so the fixup that comes after that is really complicated when you have gone way out to the right hand edge of the cracker and said the things that rick perry said. i don't see john huntsman at any point in the future, ed, saying boy am i excited about rick perry? i think mr. huntsman walks away very quietly and gets on with his life. >> and i would speculate to say that maybe bruce bartlet does the same thing? maybe karl rove does the same thing? what do you make of that?
>> well, i don't think karl rove is ever going to endorse him. there's a long history there of separation. and bartlet is the same. and everybody in the bush family who supported him and who are supporters of the bush family you and the bush candidates, they're not going to be very comfortable supporting rick perry. i think there is a real complicated problem within the republican party when rick perry becomes the nominee. >> just seems to me that huntsman is so far is the first one to step up and say, you know, houston, we got a problem. after all the rhetoric this guy seems willing to stake his candidacy and his -- his campaign on, hey, i'm the normal guy. you know, i'm kind of a bob dole republican. you can talk to me. and if this doesn't work, i mean if he doesn't do a little bit better whether it comes to name recognition and polling and maybe not very well in the next debate, i mean this really is proof positive that the republican party has no chance of moderation whatsoever in the next election cycle.
>> i think that he's gone fishing. he's trying to see if there's an actual beating heart of sanity within the republican party and within the nominating process. but right now the people that control the republican party are not listening to john huntsman. people on the left, even people in the center, moderate democrats are looking at john huntsman now and saying, hey, you know, i might cross over and vote for him. the people on right who love rick perry and who love the things that michelle bachmann are saying, they're not going to go there. the problem is going to be a very difficult one for the republican party to unite after this process. this primary is going to beat the heck out of the republicans in a way that obama might not even be able to beat them up. >> jim moore, great to have you with us tonight. thanks so much. looking forward to the book. mitt romney thinks a $12 million home is inadequate. donald trump wants to steal libya's oil. they're both nuts in my opinion. only one gets the honor of income the zone tonight.
3,000 square feet of beach front property isn't enough for the richy rich candidate mitt romney. romney is planning to bulldoze his $12 million, 3,000 square foot home near san diego, california, and replace it with an 11,000 square foot home instead. his spokesman says the current house is "inadequate for their needs." sounds like a pricey project for a guy who joked about being unemployed. >> well, i should also tell my story. i'm also unemployed. and i'm not working. >> i tell what you, folks, everybody wants to be this unemployed, don't they? romney's worth is much as $264 million, good for him. romney's california fixer upper isn't his only property. he and his wife also have a town house in massachusetts as well as a $10 million summer home in
new hampshire. romney recently sold a $5 million lodge in utah because he said he's downsizing. well, he's not downsizing anymore. his spokesman says he's going to wait to bulldoze that house until after the presidential campaign. next, the kids on fox and friends asked donald trump about libya. and his slimy response lands him in the zone. [ grandpa ] relats are the basis of everything. [ grandma ] relationships are life... if you don't have that thing that fills your heart and your soul, you're missing that part of your life that just fulfills you. ♪ [ male announcer ] for us at humana, relationships matter too. the better we know you, the better we can help you choose the right medicare plan. that's why humana agents sit down with you to figure out your medicare options. and we have nurses you can call anytime, even at 3 a.m.
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donald trump keeps hinting he might jump back in the presidential race. i guess i'd have to brush off my endorsement. but he sounds more like he's gunning for the top job at bp. trump was on with "fox & friends" this morning and weighed in on the situation in libya. donald doesn't care about the libyan people overthrowing a tyrant. he doesn't even care about what it means for american politics. donald trump is only interested in oil. >> why don't we take the oil? i mean why aren't we reimbursing
ourselves? you know in the old days you win a war, you gave to the victor. we fight all the wars and we get nothing. they come to us begging for help, wouldn't you say okay, we're going to help you. but when and if you're successful, we get half of your oil? okay. our country is going broke and we're helping these people and now they're going to be richer than the people of this country because they're going to take the oil. >> okay. hold it right there. i see the light now. that's how michelle bachmann if she's elected sprez going to get gas to below $2 a gallon. her and donald working together? reducing the conflict in libya ton an international oil grab shows how narrow-minded he is. not to mention the fact of going and taking their oil would violate international law. plus, bush and cheney already tried oil based foreign poll sichlt it worked out great for halliburton but not so good for regular americans trying to gas up their cars at the pump and heat their home, you know what i
mean? but this isn't the first time trump has turned foreign policy into a massive oil binge. early this year he said if the united states didn't take oil from iraq, american troops would have died in vain. now trump is at it again. to complain about libyan rebels being richer than americans and to say that united states should go take their oil is arrogant and wreckless psycho talk. go big, go long, go global. that's the economic advice "washington post" columnist e.j. dionne has for president obama. will the president listen?
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regulation, left spending, less taxes. but here's the kicker. can'tor accuses of president of engaging in class warfare. here are my cliff notes on this deal. eric cantor, majority leader in the house, member of the republican party who oversaw one of the biggest redistributions of wealth ever in this country from the middle class to the rich. this is the guy who defends tax cuts for the job creators who haven't delivered? who defends tax breaks for big oil, who fought against the consumer protection agency, less regulation on the bank who brought this country to near economic collapse? cantor who fights against unemployment benefits, social security, medicare, medicaid, health care reform, the lot. the guy who fights for the ending of workers' rights through collective bargaining, who introduced no bills in the house in eight months that would deal with job creation? this is the guy we should listen
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president unveils the entire program that there's nothing in there that reasonable people shouldn't be able to agree on. and if we make the house republicans in particularly that tea party faction, if we make them the standard, we're in deep trouble. >> that was white house senior adviser david axelrod speaking about the president's job proposal. already the republicans are hammering the president's plan which is expected to include an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. as e.j. dionne writes that's a good start but it's not enough to help the faltering world economy. the president needs to go big, go long, and go global. going big means short term deficit, the federal government needs to come to the aid of state and lol government again. the budget cuts are precisely
what the economy does not need now. obama should not be shy about urging eventual tax increases, particularly on the wealthy. joining me now is e.j. dionne. great to have you with us. do you think that tax revenues are really in the future? >> first of all, the president said he wanted $1.2 trillion when negotiating with john boehner. you cannot talk about the deficit and be serious about closing it without an awful lot of revenue. you just can't do it all with cuts, without cutting programs altogether. we do owe paul ryan a debt for pointing that out to us. but i think the president really needs to come out there strong for job creation. when you think about as a country we can borrow money at 2% a year right now for ten
years. we can do a lot of good things for the country. it's not just liberals calling for stimulus. john harwood had a very good piece in the papers to day. he said they cannot do this all by them self. the president needs to come out strong a, because the economy needs it, and, b, i think the american people need it. >> saying that president finally needs to put these revenues on the table for serious discussion. and if you look at the polling, you know, the american people are ready for something like that. they want this sacrifice to start coming from the wealthiest americans. and to go big, i think it poses the question, there's a political level here that would be advantageousst president to illustrate what the republicans are all about.
>> right. if they want job creation measures, that's not good for them. i think they have lost ground. i mean the whole mess over debt ceiling wasn't great for the president. but it was terrible for the republicans. and the other piece of this, by the way, the go global part, we faced as a world the possibility of going into another great depression in march of 2009. the leaders of the 20 richest countries got together and they all agreed to stimulate the economy and we did keep ourselves from going off the cliff. >> and you write that going big is the president's only option. what happens if he doesn't? >> well, i think it's his only option because he has to grab the debate back. we have spent practically the whole year talking about spending cuts. and the republicans really have done a good job of controlling the debate. going big is the only way the president can bring